Global food trendologist, Christine Couvelier, and unveil the first ever Culinary Travel Trend Report


TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Think of the last trip you took. I bet you can't remember every detail of what you saw, but no doubt you remember some of the amazing food you tasted. In fact, food is so special to the travel experience that a new survey by just revealed that 75 per cent of Canadians believe food is an important factor when choosing a destination1.

As food themed trips become increasingly popular has partnered with global culinary trendologist, Christine Couvelier, to discover the top ten destinations for culinary travel this Fall.  Christine has over 20 years of experience in food and has travelled the globe to inform consumers on all the hottest food trends about to hit our plates from the hottest destinations.

Top Five Destinations from the Culinary Travel Trend Report:

  1. San Francisco, CA - This is a city where food artisans and chefs create tastes that start some of the biggest food trends with one of the hottest being Sriracha! It's also being served up in new ways like as a glaze that tops the caramel, chili and ginger sauce on a chicken dish.
  2. New York City, NY - A long time top travel destination for Canadians, culinary dreams are tasted​ and created in New York City. The gourmet burger trend isn't going anywhere. In fact, they just keep getting better with creative and new unique toppings continuously popping up all over NYC.
  3. San Sebastian, Spain - Your food memories of San Sebastien will be filled with tiny tastes of local specialties from the Pintxo bars. Spanish chefs are proud of offering menu selections that feature ingredients they have foraged and presented to their guests and there is nothing fresher!​
  4. Toronto, ON - Filled with global cuisine, fabulous bakeries and innovative menus, Toronto is where a culinary traveler comes to taste what's new. The hottest trend in Toronto right now: hand held pies both sweet and savory.
  5. Lyon, France - The generosity of everyone in Lyon welcomes you to the capitol of gastronomy, filled with gourmet food, wine and culture. A popular trend in Lyon is the pride of heritage cuisine; returning to the roots of French cooking.

Be sure to check out the rest of the top ten culinary destinations including everything from Stockholm to Vancouver on While there, be sure to take the foodie profile quiz and be entered to win a trip for two to any of these delicious destinations!


1 From August 20th to August 21st 2014, an online survey was conducted among 1,505 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.52%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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Video with caption: "Video: Explore the Top 10 Destinations for Foodies from's Culinary Travel Trend Report. Destinations include San Francisco, New York City and San Sebastian, Spain, Toronto, Lyon, France, Seattle, New Orleans, Vancouver, Stockholm, Sweden and Tuscany, Italy.". Video available at:

Video with caption: "Video: Explore the Top 3 Culinary Destinations around the world from's Culinary Travel Trend Report. Global food trendologist, Christine Couvelier, discusses the top trends and places to visit in our top three destinations of San Francisco, New York City and San Sebastian, Spain.". Video available at:

Image with caption: "Global food trendologist, Christine Couvelier and world-renowned chef JP Chalet outside the Windsor Arms Hotel for the filming of's Culinary Travel Trend Report. (CNW Group/". Image available at:

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